This time, however, the margin was a respectable 5-2 — a vast improvement over last year’s 25-3 drubbing.
And while the feds may have been jonesing for revenge, the pot lobby had some extra skin in the game this year: One of the team’s sponsors is Mountain Medicine, a Denver dispensary and “medical edibles” company (their peanut butter cups look dee-licious) with a bit of a score to settle with the administration. They’re lobbying the Internal Revenue Service for better tax treatment, and owner Jamie Lewis says recent victories have made her optimistic about their prospects on and off the diamond. “We’re proud and happy to support the One Hitters so that we can win on the softball field too,” Lewis boasted in an e-mail.
And the One Hitters had a secret weapon. Players were fueled by swigs of a hemp-infused energy drink called Chillo, made by another team sponsor, MediSwipe.
Clearly the team was ready for those high fly balls.
Pushing the envelope
The fight over closing post offices is hitting close to home for lawmakers and staffers in Congress — the U.S. Postal Service is finally shutting down three Capitol Hill facilities.
Lawmakers and other Hill denizens may now have to (gasp!) walk to the next building to buy their stamps, now that the USPS on Wednesday issued “Final Determination to Close notices” (which means what you’d assume it does) at the post offices in the Rayburn and Cannon buildings as well as the Capitol.
The closures, set for August, are “due to steadily declining revenue and mail volume,” the USPS said in a statement, and it seemed to preempt critics by noting that only nine customers attended the first information session about the closures way back in 2011.
The Postal Service estimates the closures will save a little more than $2 million over 10 years. Which pleased some lawmakers.
“Congress should lead by example and not treat itself to a higher level of service than it needs or is available to the average American,” House Administration Committee Chairman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said in a joint statement. “The cost savings from these consolidations are a small but symbolically important step in restoring USPS to long-term financial solvency.”
More walking (the post offices in the Ford and Longworth buildings will remain open), of course, is healthier. Possible silver lining?
Attorney General Eric Holder, constantly skewered by conservatives, came under fire recently from Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, who said Holder wasn’t up to the job.